injured, many of them with severe burns. helicopters, ambulances and soldiers from a nearby military base helped bring the victims to hospitals. at the vatican today it was time for pope francis to meet the press. and he gave us more insight on his view of the church and what it was like for him at the conclave as he was about to be elected. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican for us again tonight, anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. pope francis told the media the church is a spiritual power, not a political one, and despite all the attention that we've paid to his election, it is christ he said who is at the center of the church, not the pope. but it is how he said what he said and what he said that is making big news. speaking without a text, pope francis lifted the veil of secrecy on the conclave, telling reporters when his election became inevitable, or in his words, dangerous, he was comforted by an old friend who said, don't forget the poor.